The World of Litter

Peter made a world out of plastic litter in 2012. Litter found (not searched for!) on the streets of Amsterdam.

foto door A.J. Smith

Why? To show what all of us humans are doing with the real world. We humans “slowly” plasticise it. The Plastic Soup is only an appetizer!

Peter collected litter from the streets of Amsterdam. But during the building-proces he decided to use only the colored bottles (not the bags and bottles without color). Only 10% of the “waste” he collected could be used for this project.

The globe floated in the main river of Amsterdam ‘het IJ” from june 21th until september 21th 2012, the day  the first Let’s Do It Clean up in the Netherlands was organised. Peter helped organising this day.

In 2013 the globe made a tour though the Netherlands. It started at the “Four Days of Nijmegen”. More than a million people watched it in the river Waal. It became a viral hit on Facebook, shared almost 5000 times.

It was also to be seen in Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Vlissingen and Terneuzen.












This Globe made almost everybody in the Netherlands aware of the fact plastic litter is an environmental problem. It is the main contributor to the Plastic Soup.
No environmental organisation was aware of this fact yet in 2012. The Dutch organisation “Nederland Schoon” (Dutch version of Keep Britain Tidy) did not mention the fact litter could end up in the Plastic Soup, Greenpeace did not mention it. Some environmental organisations even stated the opposite. E.g. The dutch organisation Milieu Centraal mentioned on their site: “Litter is no problem at all for the environment since it is structural cleared.”


This statue changed it all. The media-coverage is estimated to be worth € 500.000,


It is probably the tallest statue made from litter in the world. Yes, there are taller statues made from garbage but none this big made from litter. Peter collected all the litter by himself. And he did it without effort! Here’s how he did it:

This movie has subtitles.



A lot of people made pictures of it:


The globe is lit from the inside at night.

Photo: Jos van Zetten (free to use if name is mentioned


Here I get a bottle from Rainer Nõlvak (Let’s do it Estonia)

And here a bottle from Denis Stark from Russia (Russian team of Let’s do it World).



Charles J. Moore (ontdekker vd Plastic Soep) en Peter Smith


4 Responses to The World of Litter

  1. Laurent 7 april 2013 at 23:54 #

    What’s you do in your country is very great! I do the same in France but less professionally than you… I will buy a Plastic Pick Up tool soon! I use self-service bicycle system, like velib, it is very useful with the little basket front of bicycle. Visit the to know more what you are doing somewhere in France

  2. Laurence 11 augustus 2012 at 11:51 #

    GREAT JOB, Peter!
    But I suppose this globe could be much bigger… when you see all the bottles left :-(
    Greetings from Munich

  3. Claire 25 juli 2012 at 21:01 #

    Bravo for your initiative and creativity! Super!
    I collect plastic from the street and put it in the recycling bin, I make a game out of it in that I am happy when I ‘score’ a plastic bottle or bag. I “win” when I deposit one or more bags of plastic in the recycling container. Once I “lost” when someone stole my bag of plastic I had laid outside a dance club but mostly I feel like a winner. It helps me feel better to do this little bit against this huge problem. Let’s hope more people become aware and help out too.

  4. Loekie Langendoen 3 juni 2012 at 11:35 #

    Ik heb ook een actie opgestart om de plastic soep te bestrijden.
    Ik maak creatieve kaarsen van kaarsrestanten. Deze moeten ook worden ingepakt en helaas is dat vaak in cellofaan (ook plastic). Om minder eenmalige verpakkingen te gebruiken, verpak ik nu mijn tuinfakkels in
    stof. Van stofrestanten maken we tevens tassen en we vermaken,
    linnen/katoenen reclametasjes. Mijn clienten moeten deze tassen en stof
    kopen. Van zwerfafval (vooral de grotere (bier)blikjes) maken we sterren, die we vullen met gerecycled kaarsvet. De opbrengst van dit alles gaat
    naar een onderwijsproject voor meisjes in India.
    Zo bereiken we 3 dingen : Minder eenmalige verpakkingen,
    Verwerking van stofrestanten, Meisjes in India kunnen langer naar school. Meer informatie vindt je op